Hundreds of Canberrans turned out to Haig Park under near-perfect autumn conditions to revel in an event "designed to get your body and soul moving among the trees and tracks" of the park.
The Play Outside Day at Braddon on Saturday featured a giant kinetic cockatoo, named Cosmo, among a range of physical activities - including dancing, family yoga, orienteering, nature play, mud play and garden games - for young and old.
There were also more laid-back activities such as face painting, fun performances and live music.
Suitcase Rummage, which began "over a cup of tea and a brainstorming session" and first ran in Brisbane, also featured at the event.
Attendees had the chance to rummage through and buy second-hand and hand-made treasures displayed in suitcases under the trees.
Among the youngsters taking advantage of the free exercise was Chisolm girl Mila O'Reily.
The nine-year-old began on the slacklining line before having a go at the nature play site.
She also built a fort out of cardboard boxes.
"I'm having fun, I'm going to try everything," she said.
Her mother, Hayley Pitman said they had been "very excited to come to such a family-oriented event on such a sunny autumn day".
"So we're making a big deal out of this nice, warm day and all this that's going on," Ms Pitman said.
"There's a mixture and variety of things to do - something for everyone. That's why we're here. We can rummage through the suitcases and have a play. The kids are happy having a play."
Ms Pitman said she learnt about the event via Instagram.
"I thought it sounded really good," she said.
"We're from way down south in Chisolm so this is really different for us. It's really different being here, especially for the girls. It's really eye-opening and we're loving all the dogs."
Kingston residents AJ Mitchell, Elesha Curran and their 19-month-old son Oscar Mitchell stumbled upon the event after gymnastic classes.
Mr Mitchell said it was "absolutely fantastic for the community to start to come together again after what happened last year".
"Looking back this time last year, it was something we really missed out on, especially being a young family," he said.
"We weren't able to get outside to engage in activities like this. For Oscar, he really loves being outside to play. It's just perfect for him today as he really enjoys it."
Similarly, Ms Curran said it was "an awesome opportunity to go out to see the community".
"Definitely means a lot after the peak of Covid," she said.
"For kids to be able to come out and play together - there's a range of activities for everybody. You've got awesome music, bean bags, the suitcase rummage and outdoor nature play. The perfect weather tops it off."
While the community atmosphere was encouraged, event organisers said they were not complacent about the risks of the pandemic.
Those who felt ill were urged to stay home. Physical distancing and the use of the Check In CBR app were required for attendees.
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